Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo: Monaco's other palatial hotel
Everyone knows the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Monaco’s most prestigious palatial hotel proudly situated on the Place du Casino and the historic jewel in the crown of the Société des Bains de Mer. A few metres away, somewhat sheltered from the bustling heart of Monaco, another palatial hotel has enchanted its guests for over 110 years: the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo.
This hotel was built in 1900, out of what was previously a restaurant surrounded by olive and orange trees growing in the shadows of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo.
Built in the neo-classic style, the Hôtel Hermitage is a portrait of excellence right from the start. The design of its loveliest room, the Salle Belle Epoque, was entrusted to Gabriel Ferrier, winner of the Prix de Rome and Gold Medallist at the 1889 World Exhibition. The master of metallic architecture himself, Gustave Eiffel, was called on for the glass roof above the winter garden.
The Hôtel Hermitage enters the circle of the Société des Bains de Mer
Its intimate setting, quiet ambience and breathtaking sea view made it a serious rival for the Hôtel de Paris, which was why the Société des Bains de Mer acquired it in 1928.
The Hôtel Hermitage thus pursued its path, building on the foundations that had assured its success: extreme luxury tinged with a certain discretion, in keeping with its initial concept. Even its major facelift in the 1970s, an era when renovation was often tantamount to destruction, was undertaken with complete respect for the existing hotel.
The Salle Belle Epoque in particular, whose rose marble columns pay tribute to the Grand Trianon of Versailles, was fully restored and its crystal chandeliers carefully preserved. It is considered today to be one of Europe’s most beautiful dining rooms.
In 1999, a Michelin-star restaurant and ode to the glory of Mediterranean fish, Le Vistamar, was added to the Hôtel Hermitage.
The Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is proud of its status as a historic monument. This did not, however, prevent the hotel from making additional renovations in the beginning of the 21st century, increasing its capacity to 278 rooms and adding a meeting or reception room of over 300 m2.